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Full name  Semih Kaya
2001–2004  Petkimspor
Weight  66 kg
Place of birth  Bergama, Turkey
Name  Semih Kaya
Career start  2008
Playing position  Centre back
Role  Footballer
Salary  450,000 TRY (2012)
Number  26
Height  1.82 m

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Date of birth  (1991-02-24) 24 February 1991 (age 24)
Current teams  Galatasaray S.K. (#26 / Defender), Turkey national football team (Defender)
Similar People  Hakan Balta, Umut Bulut, Emre Colak, Aurelien Chedjou, Selcuk Inan

Semih Kaya

Semih Kaya ([semih kɑjɑ], born 24 February 1991) is a Turkish professional footballer who plays for Czech club Sparta Prague and the Turkish national team.


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Early career

Kaya joined Galatasaray's youth academy from Altay's youth team when he was 15.

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On 25 February 2007, when he was playing against older young players in the season of Süper Gençler Ligi (Super Teen League) against Beşiktaş, in the fifth minute of the game, a kick from Batuhan Karadeniz collided with his head, forcing him to leave the game; he later went to a hospital to undergo head surgery (coagulation).

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The start of the 2008–09 season saw foreign interest in Kaya rise, with reports that Italian club Internazionale were monitoring him ahead of a transfer deal, though the rumours never materialized.

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Kaya's first Süper Lig appearance was against İstanbul B.B. on 19 February 2009. After not receiving significant playing time, he joined fellow Süper Lig club Gaziantepspor on loan in January 2010 for the remainder of the season, and, in the summer of 2010 he signed for Turkish First League side Kartalspor on loan. On 18 October 2010, he scored two goals in the A2 Lig game against Altay.

Return to Galatasaray

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At the beginning of the 2011–12 season, Kaya was not typically selected for Galatasaray's starting line-up, but following injuries to other players, notably Gökhan Zan, and a fall in form of Servet Çetin, Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim granted him a chance to prove himself. Following a series of solid performances, he soon became first-choice centreback alongside the Czech Tomáš Ujfaluši.

Kaya scored his first goal for the club against Samsunspor on 7 January 2012 in the 51st minute of a 2–0 comeback, with the game ending 4–2 for Galatasaray. In the 2011–12 season, he played 30 games and was a key member of the championship-winning squad. He continued to be first choice centre-back for the club and country, delivering calm and confident performances despite against top teams such as Manchester United and, internationally, against the Netherlands. He finished his second year with 36 appearances in all competitions. On 18 November 2013, his contract was extended for three years until 2016.

International career

Kaya has played for all levels of the Turkish national team, including the under-21 level despite being at a younger age at the time. He made his debut for senior Turkish side on 29 February 2012, playing the entire game against Slovakia in a 2–1 loss. He is part of the Turkish national team for Euro 2016.

Personal life

Kaya' grandfather was Albanian and he emigrated from Macedonia to the Turkish city of İzmir. He is the youngest of three brothers.

Career statistics

As of 21 May 2017


As of 12 June 2015


  • Süper Lig (4): 2007–08, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15
  • Türkiye Kupası (3): 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Süper Kupa (5): 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Individual

  • Süper Lig: Young Player of the Year (1): 2011–12
  • References

    Semih Kaya Wikipedia